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Consumers being cautioned following recall on beef products

Consumers are being cautioned about the possibility of metal being found in beef frank links after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall on Vienna Beef links.

Chicago-based Vienna Beef Ltd. recalled about 2,030 pounds of beef frank links this week “due to the possibility of contamination with extraneous material, specifically metal”.

“Local retailers and wholesalers are asked to check their inventory for products bearing the establishment number provided and if found, remove and discard the product from their freezers so that they are not sold to consumers,” the Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) advised in a statement.

“Wholesalers that are in possession of any recalled product are also asked to notify the public in a timely manner. Consumers, likewise, are asked to check their freezers and discard this product if found.”

The beef frank link products in particular are: 10-pound cases containing “Skinless Beef Frankfurters 6” 8’s 10#” with case code 013180 and package code 9122 represented on the label; 10-pound cases containing “Skinless Beef Frankfurters 6” 11’s 10#” with case code 013312 and package code 9122 or 9123 represented on the label; and 10-pound cases containing “Skinless Beef Frankfurters 7” 9’s 10#” with case code 013490 and package code 9122 or 9123 represented on the label, all produced on May 2, 2019 with an establishment number (EST. 1) inside the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection.

Although no official report has been issued by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Unit and Vienna Beef Ltd. has not confirmed any cases, the BAHFSA is urging the public to exercise caution.

“Please note that BAHFSA is committed to informing and advising the public when such recalls become known. The authority urges consumers to be vigilant when preparing and consuming foods, such as meat products, as this is the second recall during the month of May that has implicated ‘metal’ as the likely contaminant,” the statement notes.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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